Most exhilarating dive in the marine park. Schools of barracuda and other pelagics hang out in the blue. Bigeye trevallies intermittently dash in to prey upn unsuspecting fish. The steep reef falls quickly to 32m where a wall begins.
It is completely covered with prolific coral trees, sea fans, oversized dinnerplate-shaped sponges and coral colonies. Jacks, eagle rays, tunas, rainbow runners and whitetip reef sharks are often encountered off the wall or on the coral covered slope. Soft corals, anemones, whip corals and sponges are plentiful on shallow reef. Blue water and swift fish action in fast currents are the elements of this site.
We were watching a school of Chevrons barracudas forming a wall while we were holding on to dead corals against the strong current. On one occasion, the sea turtle was so close to me that it was just 1.5m in front. We also saw pyramid butterflyfish, black-blotched porcupinefish, diagonal-banded, brown & painted sweetlips, blue and gold fusiliers.
Equipment: Bring your own dive gears because that will save you money and you know the conditions of your equipment (eg. mask, wetsuit, fins, booties, BCD, regulator, dive computer and underwater camera).
This is a good dive site for your check-out dive if you have not dive for quite some time. It has a sandy bottom and the maximum depth we dived was 22 metres.
We saw many Kuhl's stingrays (Dasyatis Kuhui), Coral banded cleaner shrimps (Lysmata amboinensis), Magnificent partner shrimps (Periclimenes magnificus), Common lionfish (Pterois antennata), left-eyed flounders, anemonefish, pufferfish, mandarinfish, scorpionfish, black Ornate ghost pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus), banded pipefish, anemone shrimps, sea squirts or ascidians, nudibranchs (Chromodoris elizabethina).
Equipment: Breathing Control Device, regulator, mask, snorkel, wetsuit, fins, booties and underwater camera or video cam.
This is where to go for big fish but the current dictates that this site is not for the beginners and can only be dived properly at slack tide.
Gorango (sharks) can usually be seen here. The reef profile is a steep wall to about 40 metres.
Equipment: Standard scuba diving equipment.
All visitors to the Bunaken National Park (divers and non-divers) are required to pay an entrance fee, in accordance with North Sulawesi Provincial Government Provincial Law Number 9/2002. The entrance fee for foreign visitors is Rp 50,000 per daily ticket (approximately US$6), or Rp 150,000 (approximately US$17) for a waterproof plastic entrance tag valid for the full calendar year.
Entrance tags and tickets can be purchased direct from all NSWA members or from ticket counters on Bunaken Island and on Siladen Island. They must be carried at all times that guests' are within the park boundaries, and tags can easily be affixed to guests' diving or snorkeling gear or on backpacks. Enforcement of the entrance fee system is conducted via spot checks by park rangers on land and at sea.
The entrance fee system has been adapted from the well-known Bonaire Marine Park system and the proceeds from the sales of the entrance tags are managed by the Bunaken National Park Management Advisory Board (BNPMAB), a multi-stakeholder board that NSWA is a member of. The system has been very successful in raising over $250,000 for conservation programs in the Bunaken Marine Park since its inception in 2001.
All proceeds from sales of the entrance tags and tickets are managed by the Bunaken National Park Management Advisory Board (BNPMAB), a multistakeholder board established by Governor's decree No. 233/2000 and consisting of dive operators, environmental organizations, academia, pertinent government officials and villagers from within the park. The BNPMAB will utilize these funds to finance a number of high priority conservation programs in the park, including patrols and enforcement to abolish destructive fishing practices such as blast and cyanide fishing, village improvement programs within the park, collection and disposal of plastic and other wastes entering the park's waters, marine conservation education of village children and adults, and reef and mangrove rehabilitation.
Equipment: Wear Your Bunaken Entrance Tag with Pride!